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While using an SPF cream is an important part of keeping kids safe in the sun, modern swimsuits provide a helping hand, thanks to sun-savvy fabrics adding an extra layer of protection.
Our selection of swimsuits have sun protection of UPF40+ and above:
1. Frugi Little Sun Safe suit UPF50+, £25, 0-4yrs
Most swimsuits now offer UPF protection of around 50+. That level of protection blocks around 98%, or 1/50th, of the sun’s damaging rays, and can protect against sunburn. Your little one will stand out from the crowd in this multi-stripe UV suit, with sweet ice cream print detail. Frugi clothing is designed to last and the colours will stay nice and bright, so long as you follow the washing instructions – as a hand-me-down this should last and last.
Available from: Frugi
2 M&Co UV sunsafe suit UPF40+, from £12, 6mths-5yrs
We dare you to look at this and not sing ‘Baby Shark’… If you are still singing, then this suit, with its UVA, UVB and an ultraviolet protection factor of 40+, could be a good choice for your little explorer. There is a back zip, so it has more of a wetsuit vibe.
Available from: M&Co
3. Splash About sunsafe swimsuit UPF50+, from £17.60, 3mths-2yrs
If it’s full coverage you are after, this suit from Splash About will do the job. It’s easy to take on and off, and you can buy it as part of a bundle, adding a sunhat or reusable swim nappy to your order – job done. The Splash About swim nappy was a Gold Award Winner, Made For Mums Awards 2019.
Available from: Amazon and Splash About
4. H&M swim sunsuit UPF50+, £17.99, 4mths-4yrs
If you are looking for something a little Scandi in style, don’t miss this little number. With its understated appeal, this doesn’t compromise, with the same UPF50+ fabric rating as other sunsuits.
Available from: H&M
5. Boden two-piece UV sun set UPF40+, from £26, 2-12yrs
Are you taken in by his welcome grin? Still keeping those UV rays at bay, this fun two-piece-set style might be preferable for some little ones. Boden wears and washes well, similarly to Frugi, so a great buy if you have a child or two in waiting.
Available from: Boden
6. JoJo Maman Bébé crab two-piece sun protection suit UPF50+, £22, 6mths-6yrs
If you are going to be enjoying the age-old game of crabbing on UK shores this summer, isn’t this the perfect suit? Another brilliant two-piece set, and a matching hat is available. It might be worth considering that if your little one has a cute baby belly, a two-piece might not be best as it could ride up. There is an all-in-one version of this print sunsuit available online.
Available from: JoJo Maman Bébé
7. Bambino Mio swim rash top UPF50+, £12.99, S-XL
If you like a bit of mix-n-match, check out Bambino Mio’s sunsafe swim tops, which can be mixed and matched with any shorts or swim nappies. Perfect for little surfers in warm seas. Don’t miss our roundup of 30 of the best kids’ and baby swimsuits 2019, including the matching Bambino Mio swim nappy.
Available from: Amazon and Bambino Mio
8. Joules sun printed swimsuit set UPF50+, from £24.95, 0-24mths
All the suits on our list are lightweight and stretchy fabric. This suit by Joules has a half zip for easy dressing and a hat, included.
Available from: Joules
9. Next dinosaur print UPF50+ sunsuit, from £12, 3mths-7yrs
What a ‘roarsome’ print! With all the essentials ticked, this scores big additional points for its neon dinosaurs. The design opposite of something like the muted H&M sunsuit in our list, above.
Available from: Next
10. Monsoon baby Silvana sunsafe all-in-one print sunsuit UPF50+, 0-3yrs
Top to bottom coverage, here, with a high neck, too – the ultimate in sun protection, when combined with suncream, hat and staying out of the midday sun. Safety first, but with this wide range of UV protective styles available, you don’t have to compromise on personal style.
Available from: Monsoon
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